Xavier Falls At Temple Saturday Night In Philadelphia

Freshman Dezmine Wells posted 11 points at Temple.

Freshman Dezmine Wells posted 11 points at Temple.

Feb. 11, 2012

Box Score

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The Xavier men's basketball team couldn't overcome a big first half deficit as the Musketeers fell at Atlantic 10 rival Temple 85-72 Saturday night at the Licouras Center. With the loss, Xavier fell to 16-9 overall and 7-4 in the Atlantic 10 while Temple improved to 19-5 and 8-2 in the A-10.

Senior Tu Holloway led Xavier with 23 points on 7-of-15 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free-throw line. Mark Lyons was second in scoring for XU with 15 and Dezmine Wells chipped in 11 points.

Temple's Ramone Moore's 30-point performance led all scorers.

XU opened the second half with four straight points but TU answered with a 7-0 run that put the score at 54-31 in favor of the Owls with 17:30 left to play.

Lyons cut the Temple lead to 13, 63-50, with a 3-pointer from the wing with 12:21 left in the game. Kenny Frease's dunk followed by a Lyons layup cut the Temple lead to 72-57 with 8:11 left to play.

Xavier pulled within 12, 77-65, with 3:48 left in the game on a pair of free throws by Lyons. Holloway cut the Temple lead to 10 with a strong layup just a minute later.

Holloway cut the TU lead to nine with a free throw at the 1:06 mark. However, that would be as close as the Musketeers would get as Temple held on for the win.

Xavier trailed 47-27 at the half with Moore leading the Owls and all scorers with 14 points on 5-of-8 from the field. Xavier was led by Holloway with 11. As a team, the Musketeers only hit 39.3 percent from the field in the first frame while TU hit 61.3 percent from the field.

Temple used a four-minute 11-0 run to build a 16-5 lead with 11:35 left in the first half. Temple added five more unanswered points before Justin Martin's put-back put the score at 21-7 with 9:12 left in the half.



Xavier returns to action Saturday, February 18 as the Musketeers host Atlantic 10 rival Dayton. Tip time is set for 8 p.m. at Cintas Center.